When the Persimmons Grew: An Azerbaijan film that refuses to adhere to tradition
'When the Persimmons Grew' is a Azerbaijan film that was screened at IFFK 2019 in the international competition section.
Director Hilal Baydarov takes his time to reveal the plot of the movie. For the most part, the movie proceeds without any dialogues or music. The plot, characters and other details are gradually unravelled through beautifully-captured shots and clever juxtaposition of images.
The most impressive aspect of 'When the Persimmons Grew' is the sound design quality. The use of atmospeheric sound has a mesmerising effect and contributes immensely to meditative nature of cinema.
'When the Persimmons Grew' is a classic example of a filmmaker making the most of his liberty as an artist. It does not adhere to any form of conventions in terms narrative, which makes it an unmatched cinematic experience.